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Two Indonesians face 100 strokes of cane if found guilty of gay sex
Reuters April 10, 2017
Two Indonesians are to go on trial in an Islamic court for having gay sex and could receive 100 strokes of the cane if found guilty, officials in the conservative province of Aceh said, sparking calls from a rights group for their release.

Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province face caning for gay sex
Associated Press April 8, 2017
Two men in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province each face up to 100 strokes of the cane after neighbors reported them to Islamic religious police for having gay sex.

Men suspected of being gay arrested in Aceh as Indonesians slam Sharia Law
Gay Star News April 7, 2017
Two men were arrested in the Indonesian province of Aceh under the accusation they were gay and in a relationship. Neighbours reported the two students who said they had been acting "lovey-dovey" for about three months.

Qanun Jinayat provokes over-criminalization of LGBT people, venerable groups: ICJR
Jakarta Post April 1, 2017
The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) has lambasted the Aceh administration's Islamic criminal code bylaw, or Qanun Jinayat, saying it could potentially provoke discrimination and over-criminalization of LGBT communities and other vulnerable groups.

Buddhists caned for violating sharia in Aceh
Jakarta Post March 13, 2017
A prosecutor in Aceh province has claimed that two Buddhists voluntarily chose to be punished under sharia after being found guilty of gambling.

Another couple has been lashed for having sex outside of marriage in Indonesia
Metro March 11, 2017
A man and woman have been publicly lashed in Indonesia's ultra-conservative Aceh region for allegedly having sex outside of marriage.

Indonesia's Aceh authorities lash hundreds under sharia statutes
Human Rights Watch Dispatches February 8, 2017
Authorities in Indonesia's Aceh province imposed the Sharia, or Islamic law, punishment of multiple lashes of a cane against 339 people in 2016, the first full-year of implementation of Aceh's Sharia's Criminal Code since it went into effect in September 2015.

'I carried his body': Grim work at the heart of Aceh's killer quake as toll passes 100
Sydney Morning Herald December 8, 2016
They are clearing a marketplace in Meureudu which was flattened by the earthquake that struck Aceh on Wednesday morning.

Aceh's sharia bylaws debase RI's human rights record
Jakarta Post October 24, 2016
While President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has committed to improving the lives of women across the country, including by ending violence against women and girls, those who live in Aceh face an increased risk of all kinds of violence following the introduction of a discriminative Islamic Criminal Code Bylaw (Qanun Jinayat) a year ago.

Aceh flogs 13 young people for breaking its strict Islamic laws
Agence France Presse October 19, 2016
A young woman screamed in pain as she was caned in front of a jeering crowd in Aceh, Indonesia, the latest person to be punished after being found guilty of breaking the province's strict Islamic laws.

Aceh governor hopefuls take Quran recitation test
Jakarta Post September 29, 2016
Six pairs of Aceh governor and deputy governor hopefuls took a Quran recitation test on Wednesday as one of the local requirements to compete in the 2017 election.


-Statements & Press Releases
Indonesia: Repeal abhorrent bylaw that imposes flogging for consensual sex
Amnesty International Press Statement October 23, 2015
Authorities in the Indonesian region of Aceh must immediately repeal a controversial new bylaw which imposes harsh flogging sentences for consensual sex in some instances and could make it easier for rapists to escape justice, said Amnesty International today.

Indonesia: 'Suspected lesbians' detained
Human Rights Watch News Release October 2, 2015
The arrest of two women in Aceh for everyday behavior is an outrageous abuse of police power that should be considered a threat to all Indonesians. Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director

A 'lost decade' for victims of Indonesia's Aceh conflict
Amnesty International Statement August 13 2015
Indonesia is still failing tens of thousands affected by the devastating Aceh conflict, leaving family members and victims in the dark about the fate of loved ones and without justice, truth and full reparation Amnesty International said ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the conflict's end.

Indonesia: Further information: Shari'a bylaw passed by the Aceh parliament
Amnesty International Urgent Action October 3, 2014
The Aceh parliament has passed a Shari'a bylaw that would criminalize, among other things, same-sex sexual relations and consensual sex outside marriage, punishable by caning. The governor of Aceh and central government have powers to block its implementation.

Indonesia: Aceh's new Islamic laws violate rights
Human Rights Watch Statement October 2, 2014
Indonesia's central government and the Aceh provincial government should take steps to repeal two Islamic bylaws in Aceh province that violate rights and carry cruel punishments, Human Rights Watch said today.

Indonesia: Draft legislation puts human rights at risk
Amnesty International Urgent Action September 24, 2014
The Aceh parliament is planning to pass a Shari'a bylaw before the end of September that would criminalize, among other things, same-sex sexual relations and consensual sex outside marriage. Those found guilty could be caned up to 100 times.

Indonesia: End caning as a punishment in Aceh
Amnesty International Public Statement September 15, 2014
Amnesty International deplores the caning of five men on 5 September 2014 in Pidie district, in Indonesia's Aceh province. The Indonesian government must end the use of caning as a form of punishment, and the bylaws that provide for it in Aceh province must be repealed.

Indonesia: Lack of truth, justice and reparation in Aceh for past abuses undermines peace process
Amnesty International Public Statement August 15, 2014
Joint statement by Amnesty International and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS).

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